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Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein

Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein
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Attendees at President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE's campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday night chanted "lock her up" after the president questioned whether Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.) leaked allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election MORE.

Trump invoked Feinstein while ticking through a series of attacks on various Democrats, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory BookerObama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).

"How about Sen. Feinstein? That’s another beauty," Trump said.

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" 'Did you leak the documents?' " he added, before portraying an exaggerated nervous denial from Feinstein.

The crowd broke into chants of "lock her up," prompting laughter from Trump.

"I think they’re talking about Feinstein," Trump said. "Can you believe it?"

The senator issued a statement to The Hill shortly after the rally concluded, blasting Trump's comments as "ridiculous and an embarrassment."

“Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly. Republican senators admit it. Even the reporter who broke the story said it wasn’t me or my staff," Feinstein said.

The jeer is a staple of Trump campaign rallies, though his supporters have typically used the chant in reference to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE.

When Trump mentioned Clinton later in his speech, the crowd again began shouting "lock her up."

Tuesday marked the first time the chant referenced Feinstein.

Trump has suggested that Feinstein leaked allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a party when the two were in high school in 1982. Two other women later came forward to accuse the judge of sexual misconduct.

The president has provided no evidence that Feinstein leaked a letter from Ford, other than to suggest Feinstein's body language indicates she was the source.

Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly denied that her office leaked the letter.

"Did she leak it? 100 percent," Trump said Tuesday night. "No, I don’t want to get sued – 99 percent. Now I can’t get sued."

Trump has lamented that Kavanaugh did not receive "due process" in the face of the allegations, which he claimed without evidence on Monday were "a hoax that was set up by the Democrats."

Updated at 9:12 p.m.